Blood units likely to cost more at PCMC bank

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has decided to double the rate of blood available at its blood bank in Talera Hospital, Chinchwad. One unit of blood that cost Rs 400 till now will be available for Rs 800 now if the civic body's decision is implemented.

PCMC health and medical chief Dr Anand Jagdale said the decision had been taken following instruction from the food and licence department of the state government. "PCMC's decision is based on the government's directive," he said.

Dr Jagdale said the decision would come into effect after it was approved by the PCMC standing committee. "The proposal will have to be placed before the standing committee," he said.

The decision has, however, not found favour with activists. Sachin Godambe, a civic activist, said: "If the PCMC increases the rate of blood, it will hit the poor hard. The PCMC blood bank is the only hope for the poor. There is no need for PCMC to increase the rate even after the state government's instructions. PCMC is an autonomous body. Not all decisions of the state government are binding on the civic body if the citizens are against it."

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